Harford County Department of Emergency Services urges citizens to make preparations in the event of power outages

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The Harford County Department of Emergency Services just released the following tips to help area residents prepare for possible weather related power outages:

Harford County Sacked by Wintery Mix of Snow and Ice

Citizens urged to make preparations in the event of power outages

 

            (Bel Air, MD) – – Harford County sustained a combination of snow and ice on Sunday, December 8, 2013, which caught some by surprise.  The forecast calls for a wintery mix of snow, sleet and ice to cover most of Harford County during the next 24 hours.

 

“Preparation is essential to effectively meet the challenges of a significant weather event,” said Harford County Emergency Manager Rick Ayers. “The Harford County Department of Emergency Services recommends the public take appropriate precautions in the event of downed power lines and loss of electricity,” Ayers stated.

 

The Harford County Department of Emergency Services recommends citizens prepare for this extended winter weather event by taking the following actions:

 

  •  Use flashlights – not candles in the event of the interruption of electric service
  •  Maintain a supply of fresh batteries for flashlights and portable radios
  • Use portable battery powered radios to check current weather conditions
  • Keep cell phones fully charged
  • Maintain a supply of non-perishable food items in the home
  • Make sure there are ample blankets to help keep warm in the event of the temporary loss of heat in the home
  • Avoid cooking or preparing meals indoors using a bar-be-que.  Not only is this a fire hazard, but a health hazard as well
  • If possible delay driving until roads are clear of snow and ice
  • Maintain a safety kit, including road flares, flashlight and blankets in a car or truck in the event the vehicle becomes stuck in snow or ice
  • Due to subfreezing temperatures the possibility of frostbite exits.  Watch for signs of frostbite which includes loss of feeling and white or pale extremities.  If frostbite is suspected, seek medical attention immediately.

 

The winter storm which traveled through Maryland dropped as much as seven inches of snow in some areas of Harford County.  Additionally, roads remain snow covered, icy and slippery.

 

The Harford County 911 Center dispatched approximately 154 calls for service during the height of the storm, between 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Sunday.  More than three dozen of those calls were for motor vehicle accidents related to the weather.

The Harford County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) will remain staffed throughout this winter weather event.

 

For further information on storm preparedness, visit the Harford County Department of Emergency Services website at www.harfordpublicsafety.org.